The Unseen

1980

Action / Horror / Thriller

22
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 39%
IMDb Rating 5.2 10 1129

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Barbara Bach as Jennifer Fast
Douglas Barr as Tony Ross
Stephen Furst as 'Junior' Keller
Sydney Lassick as Ernest Keller
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by atinder 5 / 10

average horror movie

This was odd movie ,

There 3 girls calls who calls them self's the rat pack

Then come to do story about festival, but all the whole town is booked and they ended up going To another town

This man let's them start in his home, the wife was not happy about it at all

The movie is very predicable from the word go and it is really slowly moving at times

But the movie pack a pinch here and there , there were decent tense moments

But I expected it the thing a bit Scarry then it actually was.

The deaths were some week way to he killed

I didn't like the head less chicken parts , that was hard to Watch

The acting was really good and bit over the top in some parts of the movie

Which will make you laugh out loud

5 out of 10

Reviewed by Mr_Ectoplasma 5 / 10

Rather dull proceedings sprinkled with memorable moments

"The Unseen" has Barbara Bach as one of three female Los Angeles news reporters who are in Northern California to cover a local festival. They end up boarding at an old farmhouse after finding all the hotels in town to be booked, and each individually come face-to-face with a sinister presence lurking in the basement of the home.

Given the credentials of its makers, one would think that "The Unseen" would excel as a genre picture— an early directing credit of cult filmmaker Danny Steinmann, director of "Savage Streets" and "Friday the 13th: A New Beginning," it was also co-written by Kim "Texas Chain Saw Massacre" Henkel, and even featured crew members fresh off of John Carpenter's "Halloween." What could possibly go wrong, right? Well, sort of.

"The Unseen" is a visually appealing film; the cinematography is slick and there is a fair amount of atmosphere here (never mind the overuse of slow-motion shots at peak suspense sequences); it does have a fair share of problems though. Not only is is it staggeringly predictable, but it's also incredibly dull for the first hour. Mind, this is not a body count film by any means, but what it lacks in visual carnage, it fails to make up for in adequate suspense.

There are two key scenes that occur in the film's first hour that kept me drawn in, and they are admittedly well-executed. That's really all to be had here though. Family hysterics abound as the loopy couple who own the farmhouse exhibit their own neuroses, and the familial drama reaches its peak point in the film's goofy climax where the "unseen"'s true identity is revealed (not to much surprise). The film is in many ways similar to Denny Harris' "The Silent Scream," which was made the same year— they share very similar tonal elements, and also complement each other in terms of architectural dwellings of the villains; "The Unseen" lurks in the basement, while the villain in "The Silent Scream" resides in a secret attic. They actually would make a fantastic double feature, though "Silent Scream" is a bit more engaging of a film.

The performances here are actually decent, though Barbara Bach is lacking in the emotive department; she does make up for this though with a great performance during the finale sequences, letting some impressive screams loose. Stephen Furst deserves attention for a disturbing turn as the "unseen," and Sydney Lassick and Lelia Goldoni are madcap mad and wildly hysterical, respectively.

Overall, "The Unseen" is a decent offering from the genre, but doesn't seem to know whether it wants to be a suspense film or a slasher film. Its victim list is far too short to qualify it as a slasher picture, but it lacks the cohesive tension of a suspense film. What we end up with is a dull and ultimately predictable horror flick that is just enough to be slightly memorable, but not enough to truly stand out. There are some well-played sequences and a decent climax, but the majority of the picture is too plodding to truly engage with. 5/10.

Reviewed by Scott LeBrun 7 / 10

A consistently entertaining shocker.

The 1980 horror film "The Unseen" is diverting stuff: it's equal parts amusing, disturbing, and ultimately touching. With story credit going to makeup effects masters Stan Winston and Tom Burman, it's got some fine suspense moments, good makeup effects by Craig Reardon (but not very much gore), a fantastic music score by Michael J. Lewis, and capable acting from a well chosen cast. It moves along well to a terrific final third, when all is revealed. Some potential viewers may be turned off by the low body count, while others may admire the twisted nature of the story points. (For those who care, there *is* full frontal nudity from cast member Lois Young.)

Gorgeous, glamorous Barbara Bach, the Bond girl of "The Spy Who Loved Me", stars as Jennifer Fast, a reporter who travels with her crew, consisting of Vicki (Ms. Young) and Jennifers' sister Karen (Karen Lamm, "Trackdown"), to the tiny California town of Solvang to cover its Danish festival. Due to a mix-up with their reservations, they're without lodging, but fortunately they run into museum proprietor Ernest Keller (Sydney Lassick, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"), who offers to let them stay at his farmhouse. Unfortunately, what they don't know is that Ernest and his mousy "wife" Virginia (Lelia Goldoni, "Shadows") are hiding a big secret in their cellar, which surfaces to terrorize the three lovely ladies.

Bach does well in the lead, even though in the last act she doesn't do much besides scream and cower in fright. Lamm and Young are likable, as is Douglas Barr ('The Fall Guy', "Deadly Blessing") as Jennifers' athlete boyfriend. Goldoni is so good that your heart just goes out to her character. But the movie really belongs to the late, very distinctive character actor Lassick, who here has one of the biggest roles of his career and makes the most of it. His truly creepy Ernest is the true monster of the piece, not the mentally impaired "Junior" (incredibly well played by Stephen "Flounder" Furst of "Animal House") who only wants to play and doesn't know his own strength.

This is a solid credit for the late cult director Danny Steinmann ("Savage Streets", "Friday the 13th: A New Beginning"), although he was dissatisfied enough with the final cut that he took his name off the picture, to be replaced with the pseudonym "Peter Foleg".

Some of the same crew from "Halloween" (1978) are utilized here, including Don Behrns, Barry Bernardi, and camera operator Raymond Stella.

Seven out of 10.

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